As near as a hairdresser is to your ear, your stylist might slip in a word about his or her favorite place to dine and drink.
You should listen up.
Hairdresser Mark Lizenby, owner of Hair Force One in Traverse City, has been planting good words about the Cedar Rustic Inn in Cedar. Lizenby is one of many Leelanau County locals who have discovered Cedars secret treasure.
Mark is here every other day, to eat dinner or for carry-out, says Nikki Ackley, who with husband and chef, Aaron, runs the Cedar Rustic Inn in Cedar. We didnt expect local loyalty so earlylocal people are our bread and butter. We couldnt make it without them. said Nikki Ackley.
The Ackleys have an impressive resumé of restaurant and bar experience. Aaron, a four-year graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, has been in the restaurant business since 1989. He has worked at Arts Tavern, La Senorita, the Homestead, the Casino, Boones Prime Time, the Village Inn and the Cove. We wind up knowing everybody because weve worked in so many places, says Aaron.
I have bachelors in English, says Nikki. I tried to find a job teaching, but it didnt work out, so I waitressed. It prepared me for now.
Nikki is the restaurants front-of-the-house manager. In the winter I work mostly weekends. She spends time with the couples two children, Annabelle, 4, and Adrienne, 5 months. In the summer I work full-time.